FEATURE: Static Synopsis 8/9/2014 – 8/15/2014
You guys know the drill by now. Here’s everything I failed to cover condensed into one post for your Friday listening. I have somehow failed to mention I’ll be covering MusicFestNW here in Portland this weekend. I intended to announce it with a Very Important Thoughts column on one of the headlining bands, but life outside the internet has kept me busy and I never got around to it. Well, I’m telling you now! I’ll be posting photos via our Twitter and will have a write-up and some more photos next week! Also, keep an eye out for a great review of another unsung gem of rock and roll from Kyle Hoffman coming this weekend. That’s all the news I have, let’s get into the massive amount of music I missed this week.
Sparky – “Portland (Tuff City Kids TB Mix)”
Credit for this one goes to Ryan, who I haven’t convinced to write for the site yet, but is responsible for the actual hosting of the site and has been a good friend for a long time. If you need to know what’s hot in electronic and dance music, he’s your guy. Hopefully, I’ll get him writing a column one of these days. The track seems ideal for kicking off your night, so maybe save this one for last.
Tomas Barfod – “Busy Baby (feat. Nina K)”
I’m not sure what Tomas Barfod normally does, but here, he’s perfectly complimenting Nina K.’s beautiful voice. This kinda reminds me of Disclosure if they weren’t trying so hard to be danceable.
Lily Taylor – “Across The Hills”
Another really beautiful voice paired with sparse electronic music. This one’s even a little more downtempo than the Tomas Barfod/Nina K. track.
Death – “We’re Going To Make It”
Death have received more notoriety over the past few years than they did in the decades prior. That’s partially because the Detroit punk band had a documentary about their history named A Band Called Death. The band consists of brothers David, Dannis and Bobby Hackney. This is sadly the last song the band recorded before David passed away in 2000. They released an album (their first since the 70s) earlier this year called Death III that’s available via Drag City.
Saint Pepsi – “Fall Harder”
Someone on the Soundcloud page describes this as “the perfect end of summer song.” That’s kinda exactly what it sounds like. Really melancholy electropop stuff.
Goat – “Words”
Goat are a Swedish collective are putting out their second album at the end of the month and this is the latest single from it. Now, I don’t know about you, but when I hear the words “Swedish” and “collective” I picture something with more strings and lighter vocals, but this is cool too.
Joey Bada$$ – “Big Dusty”
This guy has single-handedly been keeping old school hip-hop alive. If you dig this, check out some of his older stuff, particularly his collaborations with Madlib.
Mikaela Davis – “Twilight (Elliott Smith cover)”
Next up is a cover of a classic Elliott Smith track, “Twilight,” by the incredibly talented Mikaela Davis. It’s just her and a harp, but in the way Elliott was “just” him and a guitar. It’s not really new, but I’m allowed to break my own rules.
Superhumanoids – “Feel Good Hit Of The Summer (Queens of the Stone Age cover)”
An interesting take on the goofy, rocking QotSA song.
Nozinja – “Tsekeleke (Vocal Mix)”
This is different. Nozinja is a South African artist known for starting a genre called “shangaan electro.” I guess that’s what you’re hearing here?
Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band
File “Thailand psychedelia” under genres I’ve never heard before. This is some neat sounding music though. It’s only a teaser, but enough to get the picture. Their album, also titled Khun Narin Electric Phin Band, is out August 26th.
Grizzly Bear – a bunch of unreleased and rare tracks
This is a little bit different from what I normally do, but it seemed worth sharing. Reddit user 96khz compiled a ton of Grizzly Bear b-sides, demos and rarities. I love this band and I imagine many of you have heard them before. Check it out.